As Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has made his view on national anthem protest clear, but Dak Prescott has offered a more measured perspective.
Jerry Jones and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell have a strained relationship. Jones has made it clear that Dallas Cowboys’ players should stand for the national anthem, and on Friday the league and NFLPA had a meeting regarding player protests. As the issue gets batted back and forth, with the president’s involvement fueling the fire, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has offered his thoughts.
According to Nick Eatman of Cowboys.com, Prescott first had something to say about Jones’ declaration.
“It has no effect to me because I do exactly what I’m doing and what I’ve said and what I stand by, whether I’m wearing the star or not, playing for Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones, or any other owner,” he said. “I believe in what I believe in and that’s that.”
As for the issue of players protesting during the anthem, Prescott had thoughts on that too:
I never protest during the anthem and I don’t think that’s the time or venue to do so. The game of football has always brought me such peace and I think it does the same for a lot of people playing the game, watching the game, and a lot of people that have any impact of the game. So when you bring such a controversy to the stadium, to the field … It takes away from the joy and the love that football brings a lot of people.
Prescott went a little further, with a call for action to combat social injustice that goes beyond kneeling. Some players who have kneeled or protested during the anthem have followed up with action in their communities, but there is always room for more.